Azamati: ‘Running With Blake At Tokyo Olympics Felt Good’

Ghanaian sprinter, Benjamin Azamati, revealed during a Q&A session that it was a delight to have competed on the same track with Jamaican sprint sensation, Yohan Blake. The Q&A session was held as part of the preparations for the inaugural edition of the Junior Olympics Championships, to be held in Kumasi, in the Ashanti region of Ghana, in which Benjamin Azamati would be a participating guest. Azamati: ‘Running With Blake At Tokyo Olympics Felt Good’

Although, Azamati stated that his priority at the time was to perform well, meaning he didn’t think much of how big a deal it was for him to share tracks with Blake, but was more concerned about
putting on a great performance, he still insisted that it was a great experience for him.
Unfortunately, the Ghanaian sprinter couldn’t qualify for the semi-final of the 100m race, having finished in a time of 10.13s, in 4th position in heat 7, behind C. Ujah of Great Britain, Yohan Blake of Jamaica and R. Browning of Australia, in 3rd, 2nd and 1st positions respectively. The duo of Benjamin Azamati and Yohan Blake had previously competed against each other in
the 4X100 race at the World Championships.

As part of the main reasons for organizing the upcoming Junior Olympics, as indicated by Azamati, serving as a mentor to young and upcoming athletes is something that he prioritizes in every aspect of his professional career, hence his statement that he is always motivated to do better,
due to the conviction that by so doing, he is acting as a role model for younger athletes. He also stated that there are plans for the Junior Olympics to be an annual event, with hopes that upcoming athletes fall in love with the sport at a young age – an experience he wasn’t privileged to have had during his early days. The Junior Olympics will be held at Paa Joe Stadium in Kumasi, on Friday, 17th and Saturday, 18th December, 2021.

By Prince Allotey Addo

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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